We have recently returned (24th June) from a two week stay at the Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Hotel.
On arrival we were very impressed with the huge lobby and reception area. The check-in was dealt with quickly and a porter soon took us and our cases to the room. We booked a Luxury Suite (room 751) as all the standard rooms were taken. This comprised of a spacious upstairs en-suite bedroom and a balcony, also a downstairs room with a single bed, sofa and a shower room. Apart from using the downstairs room for storage we had no need to use it except to access the safety box which was free of charge. My only criticism was the lack of drawers and wardrobe space in the main bedroom; also we were a bit disappointed that we only had a partial side sea view.
It is a large complex and it took some time to find the best routes to the beach, bars and restaurants. The food was excellent even for people, like us, who do not eat meat but do like fish. There was always a wide variety of food on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. The all - inclusive drinks are all good with a varied selection of cocktails. We tried the Italian and Asian restaurants but preferred the main restaurant. We also tried the fish restaurant but it is only open lunchtimes and we prefer to eat in the evenings. It’s a shame it is not open for dinner as it has an amazing panoramic sea view.
There are numerous beautiful swimming pools but unfortunately they are all very salty. Although we did try to use them I’m afraid the salt was so strong it resulted in us experiencing stinging eyes and skin even after showering! This is probably why there were usually hardly any people in them.
There are plenty of sun beds round all the pools and on the beach, which is clean and sandy. The Sea is clean and shallow, but beware of some rocks just as you go into the water. After that it is all sandy.
The whole resort is extremely clean throughout. We noticed the cleaners hosing down every morning outside, and regular cleaning inside.
The staff are really friendly and helpful especially Kornelia and Rositsa in the Lobby bar and Constantina in the main restaurant.
Most evenings we enjoyed listening to Kostas playing a keyboard and singing on the terrace. His Greek music and keyboard skills are exceptional. Strangely there wasn’t any music on the first Saturday night, and only a twenty minute female solo singing spot on the next Saturday, so it was very quiet and we resorted to playing music trivia quizzes on my Kindle Fire instead.
Kardamena is some thirty-five minutes walk away. It is quite a nice walk if there is a sea breeze, if not it does get rather hot. The town has many seafront bars and a nice little harbour. There are also tourist shops and mini-markets. The Hotels runs a courtesy bus several times a day if you do not wish to walk. There is also a local bus service but it appears to be infrequent and unreliable. You may walk for another two miles past Kardamena along a small coast road where there are a couple of bars. There is nothing on the other side of the hotel apart from more hotels.
We hired a car from Kosmos who have a desk in the hotel and toured to almost everywhere of interest on Kos including locations that are not on the excursions i.e the fortress at Antimachia which is the largest fortress on the island, but unfortunately not kept up by the government. This is well worth a visit even so.
Overall this is a very impressive hotel but in our opinion we would rate it four-star because of the very salty water in the swimming pools.
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Bello Royal Hotel Kardamena
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Kardamena
- Porto Bello Beach
- Kos Porto Bello Beach
- Porto Bella Beach
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Hotel
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Kos/Kardamena